Centrally located Palmetto Dunes, a premier oceanfront resort is perfectly situated mid-island to take advantage of the best of Hilton Head golf. Explore the surrounding area from Sea Pines Resort on the southern tip to May River at Palmetto Bluff in Bluffton.
Not that you’ll ever want to leave this island oasis, as there are three championship courses, a variety of accommodation and dining choices available, and miles of pristine beach within the resort itself. Just across the street is Shelter Cove with its own mix of high-end quality shops, restaurants, and special events.
The family-friendly resort opened originally in 1968 with the Robert Trent Jones Course.
While the high standard of design has easily stood the test of time, the course undertook a major renovation in the early 2000s to ensure the playability of the layout for future generations.
The course is heavily influenced by the ever-present ocean winds. Be sure and warm up before the round on the Toptracer range and pro shop featuring rentals, equipment, and the latest fashions.
Before Tom Fazio made his legendary mark on the Top 100 Best Courses, there was his uncle George, who was one of the dominant golf course architects in the 1970s.
Unlike Tom, before George switched careers, he was an accomplished professional playing in seven Masters tournaments and finishing 14th in one of them.
His design, the George Fazio Course, has been rated among America’s 100 Best and is a former winner of the ‘South Carolina Golf Course Owners Course of the Year’ distinction.
Take advantage of every scoring opportunity as there are only two par 5s on the layout – the first and the eighteenth.
In 1986 Arthur Hills added another stunning design addition, the Arthur Hills Course, that is among the Top 30 you can play in South Carolina.
Here the emphasis is on accuracy and precision shot-making, rather than brute strength, to score well.
In 1968 Palmetto Dunes dug out a unique lagoon system that encircles one of the real estate divisions. Besides providing a great recreational amenity for residents, the dredging of the lagoon was critical in saving the dune ecosystem and managing the original swamp landscape. It comes into play on no less than 10 holes of the Hill’s course.
Off course from dawn beach walks to late-night libations, there is always something to do at Palmetto Dunes. A sampling of activities includes bike trails, boat tours, fishing, water sport rentals, tennis, pickleball and shopping at Shelter Cove. You are also located in the heart of Hilton Head Island within minutes of anything the Island itself has to offer.
A tax change law in the 1990s saw the developers switch their primary focus from single-family homes to vacation rental properties. Today whether you are traveling solo, with your significant other, buddies or family, there is a villa or rental property suitable for your group. There are also hotel accommodations available on-site.
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